One of these was joint overnight leader Frederico MELO from Portugal. Halfway through the race he was back in fifth place behind race leader Adam FOX (GBR) and the Spanish pair of Jorge GARCIA and Raphael CABELLERO. FOX and GARCIA had a great tacking dual up the last leg with GARCIA just edging out FOX at the finish by a few centimetres.
These two had opened up a big gap between CABELLERO and Kyle ROGACHENKO (USA), who had an equally close fight for third and fourth place with MELO hanging on to fifth. MELO recalled, 'I went to the left side first and the wind went right and then when I was on the right side the left side paid so I was negative all the time. A big group went to the right and then came to the first mark a long way in front.'
In the second race MELO was leading a close group for at the front when he was penalized by the jury on the downwind leg and had to take two turns which dropped him to third. ROGACHENKO took the winning gun ahead of GARCIA with MELO holding third. MELO continued, 'In the second race I went with the shifts but others went to both lay lines and were ahead. Today was difficult. Tomorrow it will be better.'
It was not so difficult for MCLAY who scored two more first places to keep a perfect score sheet. MCLAY led the first race from start to finish whilst in the second race he rounded the first mark third behind 16 year old Pierre COLLURA from Finland and Ivan TARITAS (CRO). He overtook TARITAS on the first reach and then COLLURA on the following downwind. COLLURA was very happy with his second place to go with a fifth in the first race attributing his good results to, 'A good night's sleep!'